Online Therapy for Depression
Do I Have Depression?
- Low energy
- Poor concentration
- Loss of interest in previous enjoyable activities
- Isolating oneself, or choosing not to engage in social activities
- Changes in eat and sleep patterns
- Thoughts of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Suicidal thoughts or ideation
Our Top 4 At-Home Depression Coping Mechanisms:
- Social Support
Depression can tell us the lie that we are all alone, but this is not true! We are surrounded by friends and/or family who love us. If you are struggling, be honest with the people in your life and ask for their support. Maybe it’s just them dropping off a meal, watching a movie together, or having someone to rant to after a particularly draining day.
- Set healthy boundaries
When you’re depressed, your energy will already be low. As you’re working on recovery, it’s important to set healthy boundaries. Practice saying ‘no’ – no to extra shifts at work, no to toxic friends, no to activities that don’t spark joy and passion.
- Practice good stress management
Stress is all around us and can be a factor in why depression surfaced in the first place. Practicing stress management will help you feel in control, powerful, and of course, less stressed!
- Build healthy habits
Depression can lead to an upset eating, sleeping, and exercise routine. It can be hard to be healthy when you feel like you’re barely dragging yourself through the day. But eating, sleeping, and exercise are the foundation of healthy life. If you focus on building healthy habits there, the benefits will trickle down into your emotional and mental life. (Want help building healthy habits? Fitcy Health has certified nutrition and fitness experts, check them out here!)
As always, don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your online therapist to talk about what you’ve been going through. They can provide a great outside perspective, give you more tools to use in the future, and help you work through hard thoughts and emotions through a technique called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is the practice of identifying negative, irrational thought patterns and beliefs, and replacing them with true, rational, flexible types of thinking. Depression is a disease of the mind, once we challenge our dysfunctional thinking patterns, our emotions and behaviors will also be influenced. CBT is best practiced with a professional therapist.